South Nassau receives top awards in women’s health


South Nassau Communities Hospital announced on July 31 that is has been named a 2018 five-star recipient for all four women’s care cohorts as well as the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Additionally, South Nassau is the only hospital in New York State to achieve five Healthgrades awards in 2018 in women’s health services.

These awards, based on comparison outcome data, place South Nassau among a select group of hospitals in the U.S. — the top five-percent of all hospitals evaluated for gynecologic procedures and the top ten-percent of hospitals evaluated for providing outstanding quality outcomes in gynecologic surgery. Patients have a lower chance of experiencing a complication when treated at hospitals receiving one or more of Healthgrades’ Women’s Care Specialty Excellence Awards than if they were treated in hospitals that were not recipients, according to Healthgrades.

South Nassau has multiple accreditations, designations and awards for its women’s health services including accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers; Baby-Friendly Hospital designation and Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs.” The hospital’s scope of women’s healthcare services includes breast health, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, genetic counseling, women’s imaging, and gynecologic oncology.

“From high-risk pregnancies and infertility to breast cancer and reproductive malignancies, the Healthgrades awards testify to our long-standing commitment to ensure that women have convenient access to the very best care, right here on the South Shore,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s president and chief executive officer.

“The Healthgrades 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for exceptional performance and helps consumers find the right care,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “High-quality outcomes are a top priority for consumers when choosing hospitals, and the recipients of this award stand out due to their records of success.”

To demonstrate the difference in quality and outcomes between hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award and those that did not, and to help consumers evaluate and compare hospitals’ performance in gynecologic surgery, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcome data for all patients made available by 15 individual states and the District of Columbia from 2014 to 2016.

The analysis found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, had, on average, a 46.3 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. It also revealed that if all hospitals in the analysis performed similarly to those receiving the Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, complications could have potentially been avoided for 12,637 patients.

“The awards are a direct result of our multi-disciplinary healthcare team of top-notch physicians and nurses that utilize the latest medical technologies and treatments to deliver high-quality healthcare tailored to the specific needs of women,” said Dr. Alan Garely, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at South Nassau and clinical professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.